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tions join us next time on "techknow". go behind the scenes at >> japan condemns the killing of journalist kenji goto by i.s.i.l. highly likely the video is authentic. are hello, this is al jazeera live from doha. i'm adrian finnegan. also ahead egypt vows to crack down on attacks in the sinai peninsula. founder days since our journalists were imprisoned in egypt.
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we continue to demand their release. and world class athletes. japan's government says it's highly likely that a video showing the apparent killing of japanese journalist kenji goto is authentic. a jordanian pilot they are promising to kill him as well. the prime minister of japan had this reaction. >> we are deeply saddened by this despicable and horned us act of terrorism. we denounce it in the most
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strict terms. we are going to coordinate with the international community. japan will never be defeated by terrorism. >> reporter: this is kenji goto in a video he recorded earlier before crossing into i.s.i.l. territory. >> so please don't claim any claim. >> translator: he always hoped to make the world a place without any wars, and to save children from war and poverty. i promise here to carry out his legacy hopefully with your support. are. >> reporter: here in jordan, adark cloud hangs over, the jordanian government wants to have evidence that he hasn't
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been killed already. the response by i.s.i.l. was to kill kenji goto. the suicide bomber at the center of the deal. sajida al vishawi. the 46-year-old iraqi lives in self imposed solitary confinement on death row. she describes her as an illiterate woman with little value to i.s.i.l. >> if she was reporting to them they would ask for her before now. why would they ask for her release. if they didn't capture the jordanian pilot would they ask for her release, i don't think. >> what they want with her release, is unclear.
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andrew simmons, al jazeera iran. >> steven, people obviously shocked at what's happened. to what extent do they hold shinzo abe responsible? >> let me express my condolences, losing husband father son. one of their citizens in syria and iraq trying to help and cover the plight of weak individuals and refugees in the area became a victim of this hostage crisis. and the gains the hard gains of i.s.i.l. within the region. they look at prime minister abe as being arelatively a strong
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leader throughout this crisis. in particular jordan and has taken a steadfast approach in terms of not cooperating with these terrorists but trying to find some way to save not only the life of kenji goto and the other hostage but also the pilot in jordan. >> abe has made it clear that he wants to change the constitution so they can send troops abroad. how do you think this will impact upon foreign policy in the country? >> i don't think it will have any impact. that's the sad conclusion of kenji goto's death. not related to the islamic world or hostages in the middle east, it's related to regional tensions belligerent action by the north koreans and a more assertive nationalistic china.
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regional aspects is driving reform rather than i.s.i.l. >> what are the appetites to travel outside the country no matter your nationality but do people there feel the world outside of japan is inherently unsafe the risk of being caught in a terror attack puts them off are international travel? >> unfortunately, this will further degrade the islamic image inside japan. that is unfortunate because the terrorism going on in northern iraq and syria has little to do with islamic islam and distant franchise with society. i think what we will see on the
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japanese young people part is more isolationism and deferring visiting these unstable regions as they people they could become a victim of these despicable acts of terrorism. >> thank you steven mage there christian university in tokyo. now to egypt where there's been more unrest in the sinai peninsula, in northern sinai armed groups have been exchanging fire with security forces near lafe security checkpoint. rocket propelled grenade to r on the check point.
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abdel fattah al-sisi. >> egypt buries its dead. dozens of soldiers who died in a coordinated attack in the sinai on thursday. government announced a new offensive plans for unified command. the president, abdel fattah al-sisi addressed the inflation. >> translator: this is a battle. i don't want to say that the countries that faced battles in afghanistan and israel, sinai belongs to egyptians or we die. >> the group said it was to blame for thursday's attack.
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attacking egyptian forces in sinai since 2013. but one of several threats to egyptian security. it considers hamas to be another. designated the al kasam brigades to be a terrorist group. >> word issued by the egyptian authorities in a very hasty manner and in confusion. the mass already condemned the attack in sinai. >> the border of the gaza strip is part of egyptian strategy. displacing thousands of families. hamas has close ties to the muslim brotherhood and both are accused collaborating on egyptian soil. a charge they both denied but
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the government message is consistent. >> translator: we will witness a big wave of terrorism because we met an organization while it was at its strongest an organization around for many years, stable, making plans and has success around the world. >> the egyptian president has warned of a long road ahead in sinai. it could very well be a dangerous one as well. rob matheson, al jazeera. >> it's been 400 days since our colleagues, peter greste,ing mohamed fahmy and baher mohamed were arrested in egypt. peter greste writes, in our case case, just is a continual fight. a new trial we don't know how long it will take. so while we remain determined oclear our names and win our freedom, 400 days still feels
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far too long to correct an injustice. the trial of our colleagues has been condemned worldwide and one of the world's leading human rights lawyers says the west has failed to put enough pressure to free the journalists. >> to stay in touch with a husband and a father. infinitesimal in fact haroon has only seen his dad in jail. because she was pregnant with him when baher was arrested. >> we and our children have been overwhelmed by a sense of insecurity throughout. we have felt nothing else. happiness has gone. we keep praying for freedom of my husband baher who has been unjustly detained for no crime. >> last incumbent couple of weeks
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have seen hopes rise and fall. it decided on a retrial with no date set. peter greste is trying to get himself deported to australia mohamed, to israel. but no chances exist for baher. why aren't egyptian leaders. >> all those leaders who marched for charlie hebdo and free speech were hypocritical because the success of the egyptian tactic of locking up these journalists with lick spittle judgments who do whatever the government wants and are keeping them in jail is likely to be
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followed by other autocratic regimes. >> this swedish journalist would agree with that sentiment entirely. he was locked up for trying to report on a rebel group hostile to the government. free speech he believes is absolute and its rights should be defended absolutely. >> well this is possible you can jail two foreign journalists doesn't have any financial diplomatic consequences. you still get respect from the international community and are doing i mean exactly the same thing with fabricated evidence, sentencing journalists as terrorists. >> journalism is not a crime most people would agree and 400 days in jail for doing nothing wrong should continue to be challenged. the question is, whether the leaders of the free world think
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they have already said all they want to. lawrence lee, al jazeera london. >> we'll get a weather update next then blaming each other for the collapse of peace talks. live in hong kong where pro- pro-democracy protesters are back on the streets for the first time in two months. months. that someone could take my property away from me >> hard sell an
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>> hello again. the top stories on al jazeera. japan says the likelihood that
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the video shows the death of kenji goto is authentic. calling it a heinous act of terrorism. at least seven have been injured in an attack in sinai. al jazeera continues to demand the release of our colleagues, baher mohamed, peter greste and mohamed fahmy. jailed in egypt now for 400 days. they are falsely accused of concluding with the outlaw group the muslim brotherhood. pro-russian separatists and ukraine are blaming each other for failed ceasefire. >> quickly ran into deep
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trouble. each side blaming the other for making impossible demands. a plan for an immediate ceasefire looks as far away as ever. the negotiator for rebels say kiev forces must halt their fire first. >> the shelling of all populated areas should stop. the heads of the self proclaimed donetsk and luhansk peoples approximate. >> reporter: increasingly well organized fighters now calling themselves the army of the donetsk people's approximate. there are more on both sides virtually every day. moscow says it's not supplying the separatists with weapons. >> we have a number of russian prisoners of war. and i must say the russian
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federation while sending in troops every day while getting ukrainian hardware says there is no russian federation there. this is cynicism of the highest degree. >> reporter: residents of donetsk parts of the airport which has seen part of the heaviest fighting has been without running water or electricity for weeks. many of the houses have been completely destroyed. another failed attempt at a truce as the fighting in this region intensifies. fear and uncertainty among civilian population on both sides of the conflict grows every day. charles stratford donetsk ukrainian. eastern ukraine. >> cleared the final protest
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camps. sarah clark is with us there how well supported is this rally? >> reporter: the organized had hoped to get around 50,000 people, our numbers or our estimates would be probably between five and 10,000 people. they started the rally here at causeway, the leaders or founders of the movement this is the first rally i of 2015. so far the political discussions with the government have failed. particularly during this rally the other end which is supposed to be in the heart of the business district in hong kong, that's where they're hoping to get more people to join the rally. prodemocracy movement here in hong kong. >> where are we with those political discussions right now?
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>> reporter: there have been two rounds of political discussions so far. but they have failed to find common ground. they will not give concessions beijing said they will go ahead with the public elections in 2017 but they will appoint those candidates and that is what have upset a large group of people in hong kong. seeing whether or not the discussions which have been had in the next couple of weeks with the government, see whether they can move the prodemocracy movement forward. >> sarah clark with musical accompaniment. another drone strike on monday east of sanaa killed two suspected fighters and a child. chad's air force has bombed otown in northeastern nigeria in
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a raid targeting boko haram. be last week chad sent hundreds of troops into cameroon which they're using as a base to launch attacks against the group. the african union has launched an tack against boko haram. robert mogabe took over the rotating post on friday and says it's not his business what the west says or does. the 90-year-old is subject to travel bans by the u.s. and the european union. bahrain, the opposition says the government is punishing activists who took part in antigovernment protests. demonstrations for democratic reform have been taking place in bahrain for almost four years. the government say most of the people on the list are now are
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abroad and can appeal the decision. there's a growing campaign to save two australians convicted of drug trafficking in indonesia from execution. the government is facing what it calls a drugs emergency. step vaessen reports. >> drug rehabilitation centers with a huge drug program 18,000 die every year because of drug abuse..abuse. >> translator: all my friends who are using with me have died. i have no more friend left. i want to die i hate myself so much. >> reporter: indonesia has become an important market for drugs. crups law enforcement system
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makes it possible for traffickers and dealers to bribe police. early january 862 kilograms of crystal meth was confiscated but many other drugs often go through. >> indonesia a growing market in the region. the government says they can only stop the traffickers by executing them. several policemen who are being treated for drug abuse. now this is a counselor. >> we need a mental revolution. we can go after the dealers but the police also need to be clean. it is very likely the drugs are entering the country because the police are addicted. police stopping the trade ought not to be involved themselves. >> if the president is firm, i'm sure the police achiever, and
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attorney general will follow. if the president is not firm, the others will still be involved in drugs like what we see in mexico. we need a common commitment to stop this. >> reporter: while most indonesians support the death penalty for drug offenses, many see the dangers of drug involvement. joyce gordon says the government should focus more on prevention and rehabilitation. >> there is a lot of anger among the indonesian families because they feel unsafe for kids anymore. everybody is using. doesn't seem to be anything that's working. education is still not in place. there's not a lot of money for prevention program. real prevention programs. and then you have recovery. and then the question with rehabilitation or recovery, are they really serious about doing their jobs? >> reporter: the government says executing drug traffickers
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will serve as a deterrent but many argue that as long as there's demand for drugs one executed drug dealer will immediately be replaced by another. step vaessen, al jazeera west java. >> possibly ongoing boko haram attack. ahmed idris is on the line. ahmed, what's going on? >> reporter: basically in borno state north nigeria there are fighting going on in parts of that city. as boko haram tried to take control of that city. they have been attempting to do that for a very long time now. but i think after the recent victories by the multinational forces chad, nigeria cameroon and other parts of that state
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they are trying to go in to prove a point. but the military says they are also deploying large number of troops because this could be a ploy or diversion by boko haram to deflect the city. >> ahmed idris there for us. northern indian state of punjab is holding what in india is known as rural olympics, kit lead to election for the olympic team. liddy dutt reports. >> traveled nearly 100 kilometers from her home town, to compete in what's known as india's rural olympics.
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for cord this is a big deal. she spent the last year preparing for the 400 meter sprint. >> translator: this is part of my training for upcoming event crucial for being selected as part of the team. and to win a medal for my team. >> she wants to impress the coaches who over years have discovered dozens of olympians. >> what does that tell you? this competition isn't some small rural event. it's a national meet of the highest standard. >> reporter: that's why every event is serious business. beating the competition brings participants financial reward and publicly public recognition. for 79 years this has brought
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the best of punjab's athletic competition. it is also an important reminder of the traditions that unite people across this region. since 1933, people have been coming to this place to compete in mainstream sports in traditional sports of strength agility and precision. >> translator: punjabis are sports people. many of them live in villages where they have to do a lot of flg work. because of this they have fostered their own sporting traditions like plow pulling. >> because for her the journey towards her dream is a victory in itself. liddy dutt. al jazeera rajpul.
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